Soldier jailed, boyfriend in custody over girl's death

Sunday, March 27, 2016
Mother, boyfriend charged in death
Jeanie Ditty (left) Zachary Keefer (right)

FAYETTEVILLE (WTVD) -- A Fort Bragg soldier is in custody, charged in the brutal death of her 2-year-old child.

That soldier, Jeanie Kassandra Ditty, is locked up in the Cumberland County Detention Center.

Ditty, 23, was arrested Thursday evening. She is charged with first degree murder and negligent child abuse in the death of her daughter, Macy Ditty.

Her boyfriend, Zachary Earl Keefer, was arrested Saturday and also charged with first degree murder and negligent child abuse inflicing serious bodily injury. Police say he turned himself in and was processed at the Cumberland County Detention Center under no bond.


On Dec. 2, the child was rushed to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center where ER doctors said the toddler arrived covered with bruises and "life threatening injuries."

"Once they determined that the child had severe injuries, they moved the child to UNC-Chapel Hill hospitals," said Lt. David McLaurin of the Fayetteville Police Department. "And they discovered the injuries were very serious. The child died a couple of days later (Dec. 4)."

Police issued arrest warrants for Jeanie Ditty and Zachary Keefer, 32, earlier this week after the state medical examiner ruled the child's death a homicide.

Keefer is not the father of the dead child.

Jeanie Ditty is being held with no bond.

Anyone with information concerning this incident, is asked to contact Detective D. Johnson at (910) 224-3257.

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